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Two days, two acts of terrorism

The suspect in the shooting of two soldiers in Little Rock, Ark., one fatally, has been identified. And as with the murder of Dr. George Tiller, the slaying of Pvt. William Long appears to be an act of domestic terrorism. From the New York Times:

The gunman, identified by the police as Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad of Little Rock, fled the scene and was arrested minutes later a short distance from the recruiting station, in a bustling suburban shopping center….

In a lengthy interview with the police, Mr. Muhammad said he was angry about the killing of Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan, Chief [Stuart] Thomas [of the Little Rock Police Department] said. Previously known as Carlos Bledsoe, Mr. Muhammad told investigators that he had converted to Islam as a teenager, Chief Thomas said.

The injured soldier, Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula, is said to be in stable condition.

It is absolutely horrifying that two people have died at the hands of gunmen who have been charged with taking their political beliefs to a deadly extreme.

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2 Comments

  1. Robin Edgar

    Ironically one can pretty much describe all soldiers who actually kill other people as gunmen (or other types of killers) who have taken their political beliefs to a deadly extreme. . . Indeed they have been “charged” with the task of doing so by their respective governments and thus by extensions the citizens of the countries they belong to.

  2. Rick in Duxbury

    "one can pretty much describe all soldiers who actually kill other people as gunmen (or other types of killers) who have taken their political beliefs to a deadly extreme".So you think a young person who puts him(her)self in harm's way to protect this country is morally equivalent to a murderer simply because they are not a pacifist? Soldiers are not expressing political beliefs, they are doing what they are told. In fact, they take an oath to subordinate them while performing their sworn duties on behalf of other citizens, some of whom are apparently ingrates.

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